Villagers Protest Police-Criminal Nexus in Chhattisgarh

Villagers of Kormi Panchayat organised a sit-in protest in Bilaspur on November 16 against the atrocities by the husband of the village sarpanch, Ajay Dhuri, who is the de facto sarpanch and the police. Villagers have been repeatedly opposing the corruption by the sarpanch and his criminal activities which were never lodged by the local police when complaints reach to them. In a recent incident a tractor engaged in the illegal mining belonging to a henchman of the sarpanch met with an accident in night severely injuring a fellow villager. The villagers seized the tractor and handed it over to the police. But the police implicated an innocent handicapped person of the village who had nothing to do with the said accident after taking a bribe from the criminals. Approaching higher officials and judiciary also proved futile, then the protest sit-in was organised which was led by CPI(ML) Chhattisgarh secretary Brijendra Tiwari and Bilaspur secretary Lalan Ram.